Unmarried Parents: Numbers on the Rise

Unmarried Parents: Numbers on the Rise

Thirty-six percent of all births were outside marriage in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today. This represents a significant increase in the number of births occurring outside marriage rising from 34% in 2011. In addition, the percentage of births to unmarried parents living … Read more

Treoir’s Annual General Meeting

Treoir was delighted with the turnout and the lively discussion from the audience following information presentations made by David Langwallner (Barrister and Dean of Law, Griffith College) and Margaret Martin (Director, Women’s Aid). The topics discussed were The Law Reform Commission’s proposals to provide for automatic joint parental responsibility (guardianship) of both the mother and … Read more

Treoir’s Submission on the Children First Bill

Treoir’s interest in the Children First Bill 2012 is specifically in relation to consensual, underage sexual activity between teenagers.  The difficulty with underage sexual activity between two consenting teenagers is that while it is a criminal offence under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 “it might not be regarded as constituting ‘child sexual abuse’. … Read more

New Social Welfare Bill: Disaster for Lone Parent Families

She said if “a credible and bankable commitment from the Government on the delivery of such a system of childcare by the time of this year’s budget is not forthcoming the measure will not proceed”. However, Treoir believes a “commitment” to introduce is not sufficient. We will need evidence that the good, affordable childcare is … Read more

Why TDs Should Oppose This Section of the Bill:

In the absence of vital support services such as childcare, training, flexible working hours being in place, this legislation will have a disastrous effect on many OFP families.  It just won’t work.  The supports must be in place before the age limit is reduced to 7. The JSA disregard is based on days worked/not worked. … Read more

Treoir meets President Michael D. Higgins

Treoir was delighted to be among the organisations invited to attend a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin on St. Patrick’s Day.  In his speech on the day the President said – “A society scarred by great divisions of power and wealth is not a society in which the human spirit can flourish” From left to … Read more

Did you know…?

Of the 73,724 births in Ireland in 2010 that 24,860 were to unmarried parents.  That’s nearly 34%. Unmarried families are not recognised in the Irish Constitution and they do not possess the same legal rights and obligations as the family based on marriage. Having an unmarried father’s name on his child’s birth certificate does not give … Read more

Treoir meets Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence

Treoir met the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, on 24th February 2012, to discuss the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission on Family Relationships and upcoming family law legislation. The topics discussed included the legal rights of unmarried fathers, guardianship rights for those acting in loco parentis, compulsory birth registration, legal age to consent to sexual … Read more

ALERT: New Information for Recipients of Rent Supplement

Significant changes have been introduced to the maximum rent limits under the Rent Supplement Scheme. The reductions, averaging 13%, were introduced on 1st January for new claimants. The new limits will apply to existing claimants when their claims are reviewed or if they move to new accommodation. Minister Burton flagged in her budget speech that … Read more

Treoir meets Minister for Children

Treoir works to promote the rights and best interests of unmarried parents and their children in Ireland. Treoir met the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD, on the 19th of October 2011 to express its concerns about issues affecting unmarried parents. Pictured at the meeting in Leinster House were Margaret Dromey (CEO, Treoir); Frances Fitzgerald (Minister … Read more